Orientation 2019: J.D. Students

JD Orientation

Miami Law's faculty and administration look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our law school. We are excited to have you join our community. Your Orientation serves as an introduction to your classmates, faculty and other members of the Miami Law family.

The Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation is designed to introduce you to everything Miami Law has to offer, including our world-class educational programs, our law school culture, and our alumni and community connections.

All Orientation events are mandatory unless otherwise indicated.

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 Pre-Orientation Events

Monday, July 8th

Alumni Reception for Admitted Students 
5:30 p.m. Registration, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,  Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300, Miami, FL 33131.
Business attire. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Click here to register. 

Join Miami Law alumni for a reception in your honor to recognize and celebrate your entry into the Class of 2022. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to meet many of your new classmates and our accomplished, influential, and supportive alumni. Hosted by Tiffani Lee, JD '97, outstanding alumnus and partner at Holland & Knight.

Wednesday, July 31st – Monday, August 5th

Information Technology Set-Up
Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.  Room F108 unless otherwise noted. 

In these sessions, our Information Technology team will show you how to get connected to our “SecureCanes” wireless network, and set up your email account so that you are prepared for the first day of classes.  Bring your laptop! 

Wednesday, July 31: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Thursday, August 1 (two sessions): 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Friday, August 2:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Monday, August 5 (two sessions): 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (*Room F209)

How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions
Presented by Legal Communication and Research Skills (LComm) faculty
MANDATORY - Sign up for one session when you register for Orientation.  Room F108 unless otherwise noted. 
Click here to view the required reading materials. 

Reading a judicial opinion for the first time often raises more questions than answers. What do the different sections mean? Why are various numbers scattered throughout the opinion? Which legal authorities informed the court’s decision? How can I find those authorities? Which courts will be bound by this opinion?

Wednesday, July 31: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 (two sessions): 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 2:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 5 (two sessions): 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (*Rooms F108 and F209, depending on room assignment)

Law Library Tour
After your “How to Read a Case” session (unless otherwise noted below), come take a tour of the Law Library with one of our knowledgeable Reference Librarians and learn about the many ways in which the Law Library and its team of lawyer-librarians can help you succeed in law school.

Wednesday, July 31: 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1: 3:00 p.m. (*after IT Set-Up session) and 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, August 2: 12:00 p.m. 
Monday, August 5: 3:00 p.m. 

Please contact Reference & Instructional Services Librarian Nicholas Mignanelli with any questions at nmignanelli@law.miami.edu.

Monday, August 5th

New and Returning Students Meet-Up
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Yard House at Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Casual Attire.  Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Mingle with new and returning Miami Law students before the semester begins!  Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

 Orientation Events

HOPE Day of Service

Wednesday, August 7th

HOPE Day of Service
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Law School, Bass Bricks
Casual Attire (Must wear closed-toe shoes. Other site-specific requirements will be provided).  Attendance is Mandatory. 

Start the year off right by making a difference! HOPE Day of Service is a unique opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the South Florida community while getting to know your classmates and upper level students.  

Campus Services on the Bass Bricks
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

From financial aid to campus tours, you will have the opportunity to set up your campus services and get acquainted with Miami Law and the rest of the University. Student Ambassadors will be on the Bass Bricks to direct you and answer questions.

Living Law Talks

Thursday, August 8th

Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Orientation Programmin
Business casual attire.  Attendance is mandatory. 

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:  Cane ID representatives on site in Room A216B
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:  Admissions check-in in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:  Opening Plenary at Gusman Hall
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:  Strategies for Success: How to Thrive as a 1L at Gusman Hall 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Lunch at the Shalala Student Center Ballroom
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:  Concurrent sessions:  Upper Level Student Panels (F209 & F309) and Cultural Competency in the Profession (E352)
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  Students switch above sessions 

Friday, August 9th

Legal Education and Professionalism (LEAP) Programming, Continued
Business casual attire.  Attendance is Mandatory. 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:  Faculty Living Law Talks
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  Legal Impact Hack    

Student Bar Association Social
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., The Rathskeller (“Rat”), Shalala Student Center
Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Join our Student Bar Association for a welcome social honoring the Class of 2022. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Law Parents and Partners Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Law School, Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge
Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Law school is a shared experience between students, partners, family members, and friends. Please join us for our annual Welcome Reception which provides an opportunity for parents and partners to meet with our faculty and administrators. Hosted by the Law Parents & Partners (LPP) Committee and Law Alumni Association.

Living Law Talks

Sunday, August 11th

Dean’s Welcome Brunch
10:30 a.m., The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Smart casual, but not formal attire; no guests please. Attendance is strongly encouraged, but not required.



Click here to view the 1L Checklist, which contains important reminders and tasks to be completed prior to the first day of classes.


Memo Monday Newsletter

Click here to view the all #MemoMonday newsletters, which contain important reminders and fun facts about the U!


LComm Reading Materials

Click here to view the reading materials for the mandatory LComm (Legal Communication and Research Skills) program which will cover crucial information on the topic, “How to Read a Case: Demystifying Legal Opinions & Access to Legal Information.”


Introduction to Study of Law Videos

1. A Dramatically Oversimplified
Introduction to Studying Law

A Dramatically Oversimplified Introduction to Studying Law

2. The American
Legal System

The American Legal System

3. The Common Law

The Common Law

4. Overview of the 1L Curriculum

Overview of the 1L Curriculum


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